Prof. Trapp's research areas include placement optimization in refugee resettlement, human trafficking, and foster care. Given the recent events in Ukraine he can provide insight into the following:
- Refugee resettlement in the United States
- Differentiating asylum seekers and refugees
- Allocating aid to refugees
- Migration flows
More details: Decision-making is becoming increasingly complex as data expands and resources decrease. Trapp's research centers on using prescriptive (integer optimization) and predictive (machine learning) analytics, together with algorithms, to effectively allocate scarce resources. The work employs mathematical modeling and the development of methods and tools to benefit vulnerable and marginalized individuals, groups, and populations. The convergence of novel analytical technologies and open-source software can create solutions that improve quality of life, increase fairness, restore dignity, and make significant societal impact.
NPR Hartford reported on Andrew Trapp, associate professor of operations and industrial engineering, developing analytical tools to estimate capacities for holding sites, judges, and other resources needed to humanely process migrant asylum cases at the U.S. southern border.
The Atlantic featured a story about the impact of technology developed by Business School professor Andrew Trapp to improve refugee resettlement across the US and around the world. The article, How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement, describes an algorithm and software program Trapp and colleagues developed that calculates thousands of bits of data to help humanitarian aid agencies give each refugee the best shot at success in their new home.